How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Kids?

How important is it to separate kids from electronic devices? The Oklahoma state Senate and House recently passed a bill that would prevent licensed day care centers in the state from giving kids under the age of two any screen time. Critics will no doubt say that this measure seems draconian. What’s the harm in … Continued


What Iggy Pop Taught Me About Depression

Post Pop Depression, the acclaimed new album by rock icon Iggy Pop, is partly about grief. Pop recorded the album while he was mourning the death of his longtime friend and collaborator, David Bowie; as Pitchfork reviewer Stuart Berman described, “Post Pop Depression is awash in a fog of melancholy.” It makes perfect sense that … Continued

Celebrities, Music

Are Smartphones Causing Spike in Depression Among Teen Girls?

What will it take for us to turn off our phones? A study published in the December issue of Pediatrics found that depression rates among adolescents and teens had increased significantly over the past decade. As one parenting magazine summarized the findings: “Using data from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, researchers found … Continued


The Lost Boys of Reddit

On Friday, the US National Center for Health Statistics released its most recent study on suicide; the results were startling. The suicide rate in the US is the highest it has been for thirty years, especially among white women and middle-aged white men (the only group that has experienced a decline in suicide rates is … Continued


The Profound Sadness of Kurt Cobain

For Americans of a certain age—those who became culturally aware in the early-to-mid-1990’s—there are a handful of names that, when brought up, will forever bring us back to specific memories and emotions: Zack Morris, Michael Jordan, Monica Lewinsky. And Kurt Cobain. The late lead singer of Nirvana killed himself in his Seattle home in 1994 … Continued

Entertainment, Movies, Music

What About Rob? One of the Kardashians Isn’t Keeping Up

Rob Kardashian drew unexpected attention to himself on Sunday when he posted a disturbing photo to his Instagram account comparing his older sister, Kim, to the sociopathic lead character in Gone Girl. The caption: “This is my sister kim, the bitch from Gone Girl.” The chilling, blood-streaked photo—one of only two posts currently featured on … Continued


The Sad Burden of Depression

Robin Williams’ apparent suicide stunned the world this week. And for good reason: It’s safe to say no clown had more class. He will be missed. The shocking news was all the more devastating with the revelation that the likely cause was depression. Here was a man whose personality was so beloved that hardly a … Continued


Dealing With the Post-Breakup Blues

You’ve probably heard the news that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez split up. While teenage girls everywhere were probably delighted to learn of this development, one thing is for sure: Bieber and Gomez, the erstwhile young lovers, are now coping with post-breakup life. Breaking up is hard–especially when you’re young and especially when you’re in … Continued